A couple of weeks ago, our assistant nurse manager called me up on the phone asking me if I would be interested in working as a paramedic for the Formula One Grand Prix Race to be held at Yas Island in Abu Dhabi. It was such an honor to be considered qualified to work as such, but when I was told that I would need to stay there for 10 straight days, I declined the offer worrying that I will have to leave my wife and baby alone in our flat in Al Ain. I have never left them here for a long time since they came here in the UAE to join me.
After putting the phone down, I realized what great opportunity I was letting go. I was sure not all nurses in our unit were offered to take this job and to miss this chance was to miss a once-in-a-lifetime deal. When I talked to my wife about it, she gladly agreed for me to go. So I hurriedly called back our assistant unit manager and asked if I could still say “yes” on her offer. She gladly accepted me and I was glad it wasn’t too late.
My nursing career has brought me to places and to some level of prestige. Last year, I worked as a part-time nursing board exam review lecturer and that job brought me to the other parts of the Philippines I’ve never been to. I was housed in hotels and was paid generously.
This time, I’m going to represent my hospital in this big international event that Abu Dhabi is hosting. It is such an honor and privelege. I will be housed in a 5-star hotel and I will be paid generously as well. This is big-time, man!
I hope to be able to do well in the job. It’s going to be from 27th October to 5th of November.